A strong earthquake measuring 6. 6 on the Richter scale has been recorded in Southland of New Zealand Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
New Zealand's Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science) said the earthquake was centered 90 km northwest of Tuatapere in western Southland, and was 5 km deep.
The earthquake, which was recorded at about 9:20 p.m. (09:20 GMT), was felt across Southland and Otago.
Aftershocks are also being reported.
Hong Kong Observatory earlier said the earthquake was measured at 8.2 on Richter scale.